News - Women

March 10, 2005
"Over the last decade, social programs in Canada have been eroded through cuts to budgets and narrowed eligibility rules for benefits & services. Both federal and provincial governments have...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
October 16, 2004
As a result of legal aid cuts women are losing custody of their children, giving up valid legal rights to support, and being subjected to litigation harassment, according to a new report. It finds...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia
October 16, 2004
"The Ontario government ended the controversial 'spouse in the house rule,' which women's groups and welfare advocates have condemned for nine years as preventing single women on social assistance...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
October 16, 2004
From a report by Amnesty International: "Social and economic marginalization of indigenous women, including some government policies, have pushed indigenous women into "extreme poverty, homelessness...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, All of Canada
July 5, 2004
The Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health recently released the final report from a two-year study on the health of rural, remote and Northern women. The report is the largest qualitative study...
Keywords: Health, Women, All of Canada
April 30, 2004
A new National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) report (in PDF)(Link removed - No longer exists) on women who are homeless is based on interviews with 46 women who self-identified as homeless in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
April 30, 2004
A new National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) report (in PDF)(Link removed - No longer exists) on women who are homeless is based on interviews with 46 women who self-identified as homeless in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
March 17, 2004
A new report Don't We Count as People? Saskatchewan Social Welfare Policy And Women's Health for the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) is based on discussions with 43 women living...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Saskatchewan
August 28, 2003
"From the economic viewpoint, one can infer that poverty and disablement are synonymous with each other. What happens when poverty and disability are experienced at the same time?" Disablement and...
Keywords: Disability, Women, All of Canada
July 20, 2003
The UN Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC) is devoted to women's experiences in the economy. Stats, articles, and activities on women and poverty, childcare, paid and unpaid work, the wage gap,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Women, Manitoba
June 11, 2003
West Coast Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) has launched an Affidavit Campaign (Link removed - No longer exists) to collect convincing evidence from across the province of British...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia
May 6, 2003
In a long-awaited judgment, the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the federal employment insurance scheme's rules requiring women to work a certain number of hours, saying it is not a breach of...
Keywords: Unemployment, Women, All of Canada
May 6, 2003
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued its Concluding Comments on Canada in February, 2003. It singled out B.C. for criticism because of the...
Keywords: Organizing, Women, British Columbia
March 5, 2003
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has issued its Concluding Comments on Canada. It has singled out B.C. for criticism because of the negative...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
British Columbia is moving backwards on women’s equality due to current provincial government policies and is in contravention of its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
June 8, 2002
The Ontario Divisional Court has found that the provincial government's regulation defining "spouse" in welfare law discriminates against sole support parents on social assistance. Four women had...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
June 8, 2002
On Her Own: Young Women and Homelessness in Canada is a new report released by Status of Women Canada. It explores the causes, demographics and patterns of homelessness among young women (aged 12 to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
May 17, 2002
The court dismissed the government's appeal of an Ontario divisional court ruling in June, 2000, and affirmed that the "spouse in the house" rule is discriminatory. Ontario Courts website have the...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Ontario
May 17, 2002
Today, widespread homelessness in Canada is recognized as a national disaster that is both urban and rural and which most dramatically effects women. Despite this, programs and responses to...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
May 17, 2002
The BC Coalition of Women's Centres issued a press release after Gordon Campbell announced the wage roll back for MLA's. They shamed the government for cutting less money from MLA's wages than from...
Keywords: Government Policy, Women, British Columbia
May 17, 2002
In a BC Coalition of Women's Centres press release (Link removed - No longer exists) the coalition calls for the Minister of State for Women's Equality resignation. Minister of State for Women's...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
May 17, 2002
An Aboriginal women's shelter for victims of family violence, held a ceremony for its new facility which will open in Winnipeg in the coming weeks. For more information read the Manitoba Government...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, Manitoba
August 20, 2001
From time to time, an interpretation statement of a particular issue or right which are intended to guide governments is passed by committees of the United Nations. In twenty-five years the Committee...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, International
August 20, 2001
CERA (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation) is launching a new project called "Women and Housing in Canada: Barriers to Equality" and wants to hear from women in Canada about how their ability...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
April 12, 2001
Canada's employment insurance laws are constitutionally unfair to women because, as primary caregivers, it is harder for them to work the hours needed to qualify, a tribunal ruled Thursday. "When a...
Keywords: Unemployment, Women, All of Canada
April 12, 2001
- For immediate release March 7, 2001 - In celebration of International Women's Day 2001, End LegIslated Poverty is proud to release their Women and Poverty Kit: Educating for systemic change. ELP, a...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
September 20, 2000
The Canadian Women's March Committee demands that the United Nations and its member states take concrete measures to eliminate poverty and ensure a fair distribution of the planet's wealth between...
Keywords: Organizing, Violence, Women, All of Canada
May 11, 2000
According to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report recently released by economist Monica Townson, fifty-six percent of families with sole support mothers are poor.
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
For immediate release April 12, 1999 (Vancouver) On Friday April 9, the United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed its concern about high rates of poverty among Canadian women and about the...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
The United Nations Human Rights Committee in its five year review of Canada's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights cites a number of serious concerns about...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
April 1, 1998
Report published by Status of Women Canada, March 1998. ISBN 0-662-26767-2. Order from Status of Women Canada, 360 Albert Street, Ste. 700, Ottawa, ONT K1A 1C3 email: research [at] swc-cfc [dot] gc [...
Keywords: Government Policy, Women, All of Canada